Old castle-like buildings in lively green mountains; scenic views as far as the eye can see; the ultra-relaxing Steigenburger Grandhotel; fresh, stingingly sweet and pure cherry juice; quiet, quaint and non-touristic town full of welcoming smiles; Rhine river flowing by; succulent Italian gelato ice cream and charm flowing through every corner. Königswinter, Germany is an enjoyable destination where you can take a break from chaotic tourism and just breathe some fresh air with the locals.
I felt like I needed something to spice up my blog a bit… Something for all you readers to look forward to and learn about! So with some thinking, I’d like to bring along the “Travel Photo of the Week“!
Basically, I’ll post up a photo that I took from one of many countries and cities in the world that I’ve visited and explain what was happening in the photo, where I was, what it’s like, smells, sounds, interactions, culture, etc…
I’m thinking that “Travel Photo of the Week” paired with a few lines will be a quick, brief and excellent way to learn about the world, without have to read extensive articles to fabricate an image in your mind.
Feel free to ask questions and I’ll do my best to answer them right away!
Keep your eyes peeled, the first photo will be available soon!
I’ve got something exciting to show to you viewers today! It’s a video compilation of my adventure in Romania!
In the video, you’ll see shots of Bucharest, Dracula’s Castle, Brasov, Transylvania, Black Church, Pele’s Castle, Sinaia, Bucegi Mountains, Prejmer’s Fortified Church and much more! I’m still an amateur to video editing, so bear with me. I’m still trying to understand why my HD video does not stay in HD when I upload it; I’m working on it though!
Here’s the video and please, tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!
What was your favorite part of the video? What would you like to see for yourself?
Aside from my adventure in Romania, I am now working on a collaborative article with “Travel Enthusiast”: “Kendra Thornton” on our favorite location in the world and the hidden gems about that particular location.
Keep your eyes peeled!
The car’s booked and we’re heading out first thing tomorrow morning to “Brasov” in the province of “Transylvania” to see Dracula’s castle. I’m crossing my fingers that I won’t be bitten, because I really don’t like working night shift. That shouldn’t be a problem though, because “Bran Castle” in Transylvania is only the inspiration for the classic story of “Dracula”. It will see be wonderful to see this awesome piece of History though, so I really look forward to that and the road trip ahead of me; who knows what lies ahead on these crazy roads…
We will most likely stay the night in a Villa on a mountainside in Transylvania, which should be very charming!
I don’t think it matters what day of the week it is, you’ll always find something to do in Bucharest.
What did I do on a Monday night? Well, went to the “Metropolis Casino” in Bucharest of course! I won myself the equivalent of about 55$ USD through the electronic Roulette machine. You place your bets electronically and the system will automatically determine if you won and immediately pay out your earnings in the form of credits. I personally found the security in the casino to be very tight; we had to show our identification, take a photo, and pay an entrance fee while a guard was examining us. The Women at the entrance of the Casino were very stern and not very welcoming, although all the other staff within the casino was very friendly.
I took some time today to check out the “AFI Palace Cotroceni” mall. There must have been 200-300 shops spread out amongst two levels, complete with a 3D IMAX theatre, Skating Rink and Roller Coaster. I had Lunch within the mall at a sit-down Italian restaurant; the chairs and atmosphere was very comfortable, but the food was disgusting and the service was deplorable. I kept biting on small pieces of solid bone that was mixed into the sauce that was spread over my Tortellini. The taste was very bland too. We also waited about 15 minutes or more to get our bill after asking for it – all the Waiters decided it was a better idea to stand at the front of the restaurant and chit-chat. The staff working there seemed to not care about their job; don’t waste your time eating there.
I haven’t had a chance to read up on the History of the statue and that particular square; I will be going back tomorrow while there is daylight. Are there any Romanians reading this post that can comment and explain about this statue?
Oh yes! Can’t forget about my well-needed Romanian haircut!
To live Romanian, one must eat Romanian!
So I started with a glass of White Romanian Chardonnay and this plate:
It’s Squash stuffed with minced meat and boy is it ever delicious! I had no idea that the wine was so tasty and sophisticated as well!
The restaurant I went to was called: “Cara’ cu Bere”; enormous restaurant, plenty of floors, countless tables, live music, traditional Romanian-style decor and so much more! Staff was very attentive and polite, a must visit if you’re making a pit-stop in Bucharest!
Tomorrow will be my “city exploration” day! Then it’s off to Brasov and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).
Helloooo from Bucharest, Romania!
What an old looking city, but so beautiful! There is so much History to learn about in this charming country, so time to adventure off into the unknown!
More stories to follow shortly!
It wasn’t too long ago when I was busy sailing the seven seas – in fact, it was just about a year and a half ago before I made the transition from “Military Warship” to a “Tactical Transport Aircraft”.
I’ve been on several sails engaging in countless roles all over the world, but one of my most memorable experiences while I was sailing in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was refuelling an American “Helicopter Carrier”. First of all, I didn’t even know there was such thing as a “Helicopter Carrier”, I’ve only heard of “Aircraft Carriers”, but obviously, they exist! From what I remember, the name of the carrier that we refuelled was called the “USS Boxer”, if that rings a bell to any of you reading this post. The refuelling itself took almost an entire day; “Helicopter Carriers” aren’t exactly a small ship, they’re massive! Every time I looked at it, I almost couldn’t believe it! It really is a technological masterpiece by man – just what all of us are capable of designing and creating when we put our heads together and work as a team.
Take a peak at the video I recorded a while back:
What’s even more amazing, is the amount of fuel that’s transferred throughout this evolution without a drip spilled into the ocean – I mean, consider the fact that two ships are cruising at the same time while this is all taking place, there’s a lot of risk management to deal with. That’s okay though, because professionals are handling every aspect of the job.
If you’re looking for a quick way to Travel, see the world and be paid for it, then you may want to consider joining the Navy. It’s a tough job, you work hard while you’re sailing but you’re well rewarded with time off at your port visit. This bring me into a quote that I utilize everyday in the workplace: “Work hard, play harder”.
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